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September 4th, 2013

Former Walmart worker charged with embezzlement

September 4, 2013

Natasha Talaese, 23, of Poteau was arrested over the weekend for allegedly embezzling more than $3,000 from her former employer, Walmart.
Talaese, who signed a Miranda waiver and verbally stated she knew her rights, agreed to talk to Poteau police Detective Mark Kennady. In her statement to police, Talaese said the amount of money embezzled was correct, and told Kannady how she took the money.

Early voting for Cameron sales tax begins Friday

September 4, 2013

Cameron residents will be able to vote Friday, Monday and Tuesday on a proposed sales tax.
"In-person absentee" ballots can be cast from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday at the LeFlore County Election Board, 103 N. Church in Poteau, according to LeFlore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele.

September 2nd

That's a rap; film day done

September 2, 2013

Sugarloaf Mountain Productions and the cast for the film "The Clyde Project" converged in downtown Poteau this weekend. The film is an re-enactment of the historic bank robbery of Poteau's Central National Bank.
The production company recently completed filming "Broken Faith" and will begin "Justine" after the completion of the robbery film.
Filming occurred along Witte Street near the Lowrey Hotel as they filmed short segments in front of the green screen.

Two arrested after truck crashes into home

September 2, 2013

Two people were arrested Sunday after an argument took to the roadway resulting in a crash that injured one.
According to the Poteau Police accident report, Pedro Martines-Castañeda, 27, of Poteau was jailed after he lost control of his vehicle and struck a Poteau home.

Labor Day Festival brings thousands

September 2, 2013

Heat didn't put much of a dent on the flocks of festival goers who attended the 66th annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival.
On Saturday, with heat indices in the 100s, people packed the festival grounds as they played games, rode rides, shopped and learned about Choctaw heritage.
Emergency Medical Services Director Dave Grovdahl said the majority of the 23 people EMS took to the hospital during the festival were suffering from heat related illnesses.

August 30th

OHP warns of Labor Day crackdown on drivers

August 30, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — Public Safety officials will be participating in a
nationwide campaign this Labor Day weekend in an effort to reduce highway
traffic deaths and injury collisions on Oklahoma highways. "Operation
C.A.R.E." (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) began at 6 p.m. Friday
and runs through midnight Monday.

Spiro lace named endangered artifact

August 30, 2013

A fragment of lace from Spiro Mounds has been placed on the list of Oklahoma's 10 most endangered artifacts.
The list of endangered items was created by a committee of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. The Spiro lace is on of two items on the list placed in the acre of the Sam Noble Museum of natural History at the University of Oklahoma.
The other item is a collection of 1920s era organ player rolls.

Emergency Expo hosts 5K and free screenings

August 30, 2013

During the upcoming emergency preparedness expo to be held Sept. 21, runners will get a chance to take part in the first 5K run/walk held by organizers.
Participants of all ages are welcome to enter the "Race to Prepare" run that will begin at Carl Albert State College in Poteau. There will be special divisions for military personnel and first responders. Disabled American Veterans will be allowed free entry to participate in the event.
Early registration cost $20 per participant and ends on Sept 13. Registration is $25 the day of the race.

August 29th

Truck, trailer roll on U.S. 271

August 29, 2013

A truck pulling a trailer loaded with a car traveling east on U.S. highway 271 west of Pocola lost control Thursday afternoon causing it to jackknife, according to emergency responders. Fire personnel said the truck left the roadway and rolled over. No one was inured in the accident.
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Smithville student recipient of Neff Scholarship

August 29, 2013

James Pollard, 35, of Smithville was named the 2013 recipient of the Joe Neff Memorial Welding Scholarship at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau on Thursday. Pollard is a second year welding student and received a 225 Lincoln Ranger welder from the scholarship committee. From left: Dennis Thomas, Scott Griffis speaking, Woody Wood, Charles Loomis, Mike Poor and Pollard.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

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